Northern Tier Energy Sector Partnership

The Northern Tier Energy Sector Partnership (NTESP) is a 2-year Department of Labor-funded green jobs training project, intended to bridge local green employers, community-serving organizations, training organizations, and the local community colleges. The NTESP program spans three regions in the Pioneer Valley: Franklin and Hampshire county, Berkshire county, and the North Central region. The NTESP program will end after December 31, 2012, and is currently winding down.

The NTESP program focused on the following green energy training and job placement sectors:

  • Energy-Efficient Building, Construction, and Retrofit
  • Renewable Electric Power
  • Energy Efficient and Advanced Drive Train Vehicle
  • Biofuels
  • Deconstruction and Materials Use
  • Energy Efficiency Assessment
  • Manufacturers that produce sustainable products

Green Careers Pathways Project

In our green career coaching work in Western Massachusetts, it is evident that as the concept of 'green jobs' explodes, job seekers require practical information in order to make sound decisions as they seek training and employment. These green careers pathways were developed from work with job seekers and renewable energy and energy efficiency employers. Much of what is known about so-called green jobs is still evolving. Our priority with these tools is to provide simple information based on real jobs in our region. What is happening in Western Massachusetts is not unique, but the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors are unfolding differently in other states and regions. These tools can serve as a starting point for job seekers looking to get basic information about the solar energy and energy efficiency sectors.

These green career pathways were developed by Kelly Bado and Alex Risley Schroeder for the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board in Greenfield, MA. Funding for these career pathways came in part from a Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund grant from the Commonwealth Corporation of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. A STEM grant from the Central Massachusetts Regional Employment Board and the US Department of Labor also supported this work. This project would not have been possible without the expertise of western Massachusetts renewable energy and energy efficiency employers and the faculty at Greenfield Community College's renewable energy certificate and associate's degree program.